by false pretenses

by false pretenses

By a false impression created through intentional misrepresentation. I'm afraid you were brought here by false pretenses. I'm not your long-lost brother. You may not have lied directly, but you sold him those paintings by false pretenses—he thinks they're originals!
See also: by, false, pretense

by/on/under false preˈtences

(British English) (American English by/on/under false ˈpretenses) by lying about your identity, qualifications, financial or social position, etc: She was sent to prison for six months for obtaining money under false pretences.He got me there under false pretences. He told me he wanted to discuss a business deal, but when I got there, it was a surprise birthday party.
See also: by, false, on, pretence
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entered not-guilty pleas to five counts each of making false Medicaid claims and larceny of more than $250 by false pretenses.
Judge Rory McCabe is presiding over the case of former doctor Paschal Carmody, 60, who is charged with obtaining more than EUR80,000 by false pretenses.
A Glendale man who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of practicing law without a license and three felony counts of grand theft by false pretenses was sentenced to three years probation.
Fraud--Fraudulent conversion and obtaining money or property by false pretenses.
Back in Sweden (1629), he succeeded in marrying the daughter of a nobleman by false pretenses but was found out and again imprisoned.
for damages incurred by them as a result of the defendants' alleged "racketeering activities" in a scheme to defraud and obtain property by false pretenses, in violation of CRS 18-17-104 (1)(a); 18-17-104 (2); 18-17-104 (3); 18-17-104(4).
206 with five counts each of making false Medicaid claims and larceny of more than $250 by false pretenses.
Haro said such tactics amount to theft by false pretenses, or grand theft, a felony.
Tucker, after a seven-day bench trial in Worcester Superior Court, of larceny of more than $250 of a victim older than 60 and larceny of more than $250 by false pretenses, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday.
Mahan is charged with workers' compensation fraud and larceny by false pretenses.
Abanto and Ortega each face six felony counts of grand theft by false pretenses.
Coleman was being held in lieu of $110,000 bail on suspicion of elder fiduciary abuse, fraudulent use of an access card, and obtaining money, labor, or property by false pretenses.
Patty Adams and her niece were arrested on suspicion of theft by false pretenses, police said.
Deputies arrested Hernandez and Rodriguez on suspicion of grand theft by false pretenses and conspiracy.
Gould was booked Tuesday on suspicion of extortion, theft by false pretenses and perjury, because he carried a falsified driver's license, the officer said.